New data load, January 2012

Submitted by evberghe on Tue, 2012-01-24 12:05

The first load of the 2012 has been completed with OBIS accumulating 11 updates and 5 new datasets. Notable additions include a CSIRO dataset representing a 3 year study on fishery habitat ecosystems in southeast Australia, a dataset containing the entirety of contributions from the Universidade Federal de Pernambuco’s Zooplankton Laboratory, and an update to a fish repository from the Canadian Museum of Nature provided by OBIS Canada. Additional updates provided by OBIS Canada include an addition of records to the electronic atlas of ichthyoplankton on the Scotian Shelf of North America as well as a high resolution dataset covering all species found in the Haida Gwaii archipelago.

OBIS has also obtained a number of new datasets from Fishbase and its associated providers. These include a large biodiversity research repository from Taiwan’s Academia Sinica, the fish collection of Japan’s National Museum of Nature and Science, and the French National Museum of Natural History’s Ichthyology collection.

OBIS currently holds approximately 32.3 million records from 1014 datasets. More information is on the statistics page; more information on individual datasets in this data load are avalable here.

OBIS is a project of:
IOC-UNESCO
IODE Sponsored by:
Martin International and Les Grands Explorateurs
With in-kind support from:
Marine Geospatial Ecology Lab, Duke University
Universidad Simón Bolívar Flanders Marine Institute

OBIS strives to document the ocean's diversity, distribution and abundance of life. Created by the Census of Marine Life, OBIS is now part of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO, under its International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE) programme.